Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


Nissan LEAF Still Leading Chevy Volt In Sales

July 2nd, 2014 by  

Nissan's Leaf EV in Thimphu, Bhutan's capital (released by Nissan 2/21/14).For the eighth straight month, the Nissan LEAF outsold the Chevy Volt, and while the sales gulf between the two models isn’t massive, Nissan is clearly winning. In June Nissan sold 2,347 LEAF electric vehicles, compared to 1,777 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrids, reports Autoblog Green.

The last time the Volt outsold the LEAF was in October of 2013, and since then sales of the Volt have leveled off, perhaps in anticipation of the announcement of the next-gen model. Meanwhile though, state tax incentives in Texas have helped increase LEAF sales, especially in the Austin, Dallas, and HOuston areas, though Atlanta (with its $5,000 tax credit) remains the top market for the LEAF.

As for the Volt? GM recently surveyed drivers to see what they wanted, and the answer was more range, more room, and a lower price. Perhaps when the Volt incorporates these ideas, sales will be able to reach the next level, and really start making a dent in America’s annual fuel consumption.

There’s also another possibility, and one that shouldn’t be discounted. With electric vehicles seeming more and more viable, perhaps the market for hybrids is cooling off? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • mds

    “There’s also another possibility, and one that shouldn’t be discounted.
    With electric vehicles seeming more and more viable, perhaps the market
    for hybrids is cooling off”

    Look here:
    PHEVs are outselling EVs in the USA. Market sales for PHEVs are also growing at a faster rate. As “spec9” has already pointed out, there are more PHEVs than the GM Volt, so just comparing Volt and Leaf sales does not provide a clear view of the whole market.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to see the Leaf is continuing to sell and the Model S is continuing to sell …if you include over-seas sales. EVs and PHEVs are increasing their sales at a faster rate than HEVs ever did. Both EVs and PHEVs can reduce our oil use and CO2 output dramatically. The increased sales of either, or both, will drive continued improvements in electric drive line technology and reductions in battery costs. That continuous improvement in technology, and the increasing economies of scale, will produce EVs/PHEVs at a lower cost than ICEVs.

    EVs and PHEVs will be replacing ICEVs and HEVs going forward over the next few decades. The proportion of EVs will increase again as battery costs continue to drop and as fast charging becomes the norm …bet on it.

    Leaf, Volt, Fusion Energy, Prius PHEV, C-Max Energy, Model S, Model X, BMW i3, BMW i8, Spark EV, Focus EV, ….it’s all good!

  • Sal Cameli

    I considered the Volt but the all electric range was too little by 15 miles. I didn’t want to burn gas too. So I bought a LEAF and I’m so Happy. The most Fun I’ve ever had in a Car yet and I’ve been driving almost 30 years!

  • UnderSiege

    A major advantage of an EV over ICE is the reduction of complexity. It is difficult to make sense of the reasoning behind purchasing an electric hybrid?
    The hybrid EV only doubles complexity…and multiplies the chances for countless systems failures. For this reason alone, I would never purchase one.
    I believe in the near future the ‘hybrid’ will become a ‘white elephant’.

  • spec9

    The Volt has more competition (cmax energi, PiP, fusion energi, etc.)

  • Bob_Wallace

    Just for fun, do some math.

    You apparently work within Leaf range. Calculate the difference in Volt/Leaf purchase price plus cost of commuting. See if the savings would pay for you to rent something for the visits.

    Leaf might or might not work.

  • Plantiful

    The Leaf is a great car for your typical driver: work commutes, errands, etc… most of someone’s driving time. For longer trips, rent a car, and you still come out ahead financially: electricity for 1,000 miles comes to about $50, no oil changes, filters, no exhaust, no timing belts, coolant, radiators, alternators, …. all of that is gone, saving running costs. We usually get 80-90 miles range on a charge and it has never been a problem. If it’s running low, Nissan dealerships all have chargers, or you can plug it in to a 120V outlet.

    The Volt, has all of the maintenance, seats four, and requires high-octane fuel, which is higher in price. The Plug-in Prius, on the other hand, runs on 87 octane, has 15 miles electric range, and can seat five.

    The economics win for the Leaf. The Volt is a nice car, but all of the maintenance of an ICE with expensive fuel.

  • Kyle Field

    They are targeted at different users imho. I regularly field questions about these two and my take is consistently – the leaf is your daily driver for in town errands and commutes up to ~60mi RT. Volt is for those who need more range for longer hauls, long commutes or those with an uncurable case of range anxiety. I’m a purist, so it’s leaf or nothing until something comes along that blows the prius away for a long range vehicle. I personally want more EV range on the leaf or an option to replace the ICE and gas tank with more battery range 🙂

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